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Map 1: Florissant, Colorado and Surrounding Region, 1891.

[Graphic] Map 1 with link to higher quality map. (Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Drawn by John Piveral.)

Colorado's Florissant Valley, where Adeline Hornbek claimed her homestead land, lies 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. The town of Florissant grew up in the early 1870s from a small ranch located along the old Ute Trail. The owner of the ranch used this location to expand his home into a small trading post, general store, and stopping place for overnight travelers and tourists. American Indians, mountain men, prospectors, and settlers used the Ute Trail. It followed a natural passage around Pikes Peak and provided a route for freight wagons, stagecoaches, and eventually the Colorado Midland Railroad from the more settled eastern plains into the Rocky Mountains.

1. Locate Denver, Colorado Springs, and Florissant.

2. Identify the major geographical features in the area. How would the topography of the area affect transportation routes? What transportation means would have been available in the region in the 1890s?

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